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We’ve seen lots of people making use of the Parrot AR.Drone, from college students experimenting with autonomous flight to researchers testing Microsoft’s Kinect motion sensor as a control mechanism. Here at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this evening, the company showed the next generation of the quadricopter.

Features include an embedded 720p HD video camera and much better stability controls, as you can see in the video above. It comes with with new controls that are meant to make it easier for new users to fly. As before, it can be controlled by iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices.

It’s slated to be released this year for the same price as the original, $299.

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